Canon 40mm EF f/2.8 STM Lens review by Ivo Freriks at Camera Stuff Review: At the time of the review, the Canon 40mm STM is the best of all Canon lenses tested so far in terms of resolution.

The Canon 40mm STM pancake lens is perhaps, no, DEFINITIVELY, the sharpest lens south of the $/€/£ 200 line Canon has ever produced. It consistently scores very high on both full frame and cropped cameras, and mounted on a Dslr it looks almost as diminutive as the Olympus body cap lens on a micro 4/3 body, but with excellent optics. CSR tested this little gem mounted on a Canon 1Dx:

"The combination of a very compact and lightweight Canon 40 mm STM lens on a large, heavy professional camera may . . . read more

DXO Mark passes the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens through the benches: a telephoto lens that blurs reality.

"Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus Lens Advantages:

• Vignetting is most controlled in the 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens, at least compared to its Canon relatives.

• With a quick twist of the lens, photographers can utilize the lens’ softfocus feature, which is not available on the 135mm f/2L or 100mm f/2.8 Macro.

• The 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens is most affordable of the three lenses.  It can be found on photography retail . . . read more

Canon patents for new super telephoto lenses with built in macro modes 4 new lenses in total including a DO lens, is the diffractive formula slated for a comeback?

Canon once touted the Diffractive Optic lenses as a thing for the future, but only ever released two of them. . . . read more

It is 35mm day (Lens, not Film) at LensRentals: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L & EF 35mm f/2 IS versus Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM resolution tests by Roger Cicala: No Canon can beat that Sigma.

"Looking at the average (mean) for center, average, and corners shows a bit more about the lenses. The old 35mm f/2 does quite well in the center and mid-lens areas, but it’s pretty awful in the corners. The new 35mm f/2 IS and the classic 35mm f/1.4 L do much better in the corners, with the 35 L (stopped down to f/2) clearly better than the new f/2 IS. But the Sigma does better than any of them. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM lens review at LensTip: Better than its predecessor, but the competition has also moved on, without hiking the price like Canon did.

"I admit that, while writing a summary of this test, my feelings are mixed. On the one hand I am pleased that the new lens is much better than its predecessor in almost all categories. Its high build quality and good optical properties are exactly those features professional photographers are looking for. In regard to that aspect the lens won’t disappoint you for sure.

On the other hand the competitors also didn’t let the grass grow under their feet and their new 24-70 mm f/2.8 products . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Review at SLR Gear: As good as it gets with L glass zooms, at a price.

"Obviously on a sub-frame camera the corners of the lens are not examined by the sensor, so it's not surprising that we see a bit worse performance in the corners with the lens mounted on the full-frame Canon 1Ds mkIII. Performance is still very good when used at the ƒ/2.8 setting; from 24mm to 70mm, we see a sharp central region with some corner softness in each focal length. The lens never shows the tack-sharp results it does when mounted on a sub-frame camera, but the corners are only slightly soft. When diffraction limiting sets in at ƒ/11, it also serves to equalize the corners with the center . . . read more

Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro lens review at Canon Revieumors: One of the finest lenses in the EOS family, better suited for a full framer.

"So you can use it for macros which is great for landscape and commercial photographers working in product photography. It’s wonderful for portraits, benefiting any portrait artist especially those working in tighter spaces. There’s also the entire wedding photography industry, which requires a multitude of images shot over the period of a day. While I find the macro feature a bit unnecessary for ring photos at a wedding, it doesn’t hurt to have that kind of leverage, while taking away reliance on a tripod with IS and a lighter build for a long day… I’d strongly advocate this lens’ use at weddings, as long as . . . read more

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM at the Phoblographer: A tiny lens with a tiny focus ring that produces excellent results but needs some time to focus.

"As previously mentioned, the EF 40mm f/2.8 has a new type of AF motor for Canon, it is quite similar to what you would find in a mirrorless camera system. That being said I did find it to be a touch slower than my other canon lenses which have the USM motor inside, however the the slight lack of speed does not mean the lens is any less accurate. I did have to perform a microadustment of the lens with my 5DmkII but once done it has been spot on at all times. The lens does . . . read more

Lion steals, tries to eat a Canon 5D Mark II and a 16-35 f/2.8L II lens. Camera was announced dead on the spot, but the lens survived the ordeal.

"I brought a remote control and a small stand to Zimbabwe so that I could capture some animal images from a unique “on the ground perspective”. I used the setup for some images of elephants and African wild dogs and most animals ignored the camera after or at most gave it a quick glance.

When a lioness brought down a buffalo about 400 meters from our camp approached to get some images of her with her kill. The lioness walked away to get a drink of water in a nearby stream and we placed the camera near the carcass so that she would walk past it on the way back to feed. (The long lens and camera angle in first image makes it the remote camera seem closer to the kill than it actually was). . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review at The-Digital-Picture.

"The 18-135 STM features a simple, smoothly-shaped exterior that is practically all zoom and focus rings. The zoom ring located toward the rear of the lens is my preference for positioning. Again featured is a quality plastic barrel with an attractive finish and the usual ribbed-rubber-covered rings.


Noticeably improved from the 18-135 IS is that there is practically no play in the 18-135 STM's extended lens barrel - and essentially no play in the focus and zoom rings. The rings are very smooth with a nice amount of dampening. A zoom lock . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II review at Canon rumors: Excellent image quality, but better wait to buy when price starts coming down.

"All-in-all, this is a worthy upgrade of a pretty classic lens. Is it $1000 better than the previous version? No, I don’t think it is. When it starts to fall below $2000 in a year or so, I think it’s a good value lens. If you’re budget minded, go grab yourself a used version 1 and be happy, it’s still a great lens. If you want the best 24-70 on the market and don’t mind paying for the privilege, you won’t be disappointed with the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. " . . . read more

Canon USA refurbished specials: Get in while the action is hot.

There are 48 lenses and many DSLRs currently listed, like the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Refurbished for $187 and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Refurbished for $1.207. All products are refurbished and warranted by Canon US. . . . read more

Roger Cicala pits armies of Canon EF 24-70mm fL 2.8 USM mark I vs mark II, finds huge differences.

"When I tested that first small batch of 24-70 Mk II lenses I said they were a bit sharper at 70mm than even the legendary Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II lens was. The 24-70 resolved 950 Line pairs / Image height at the center, and 810 overall, compared to the 70-200′s 885 / 765. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS & EF 35mm f/2 IS leak all over the internet, despite being waterproof.

Well, not waterproof but rather 'weatherproof'. Leak originated at the Japanese site Digicame-info.com The 35mm deal seems to be quite ordinary, but this is not the case with the 24-70mm lens. Some of its highpoints include Hybrid IS, weather sealing, a macro mode (available at the tele end of the lens), and a minimum focus distance of 0.2 meters.

The not so good feature is the cost, the claimed Japanese street price of ¥ 74 000 translates to roughly $ 1800. Both lenses will be available late December 2012. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review at Ephotozine

Canon has gone completely wild with the pricing of this one. It demands more than twice  of what the previous 24-70mm lens used to cost, and a good 1000 $/£/€ more than the excellent Nikkor equivalent. So, is it worth the premium? (Spoiler: no, of course not).

"Sharpness in the centre of the frame is very good to outstanding throughout the zoom range. At 24mm and f/2.8 sharpness . . . read more

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Review at Ephotozine.

Of all the 70-300mm lenses in existense, this is the most expensive one. Is it worth the (hefty) premium?:

"Typical of Canon's L series lenses, this lens feels incredibly well-built and the tough white exterior finishes off the look. Sealing against dust and moisture has been applied to the lens, including a rubber gasket around the metal lens mount to . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM prime lens full-frame review at Lens Tests:

Gil De Sousa tests this lens in conjunction with a 5D Mark III camera body

"The EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a compact and well-built prime lens with a common wide-angle focal length, a good maximum aperture and a modern image stabilizer that compensates up to 4 f-stops. While the image stabilizer sounds great one has to consider that it's not as necessary in wide-angle lenses as it is in telephoto lenses - but I still appreciate it. The lens is best used indoors or for architecture and landscape photography. When using the lens with an APS-C camera the resulting effective focal length of 45 mm is close to a standard / normal lens and thus can be used for a whole variety of things. . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM prime lens full-frame review at EPZ: "The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lens has outstanding sharpness, low CA and distortion"

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the lens with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Dslr body:

At £700, this lens could be considered quite expensive for a prime lens with an f/2.8 maximum aperture, even with silent focusing and image stabilisation. Canon's other 28mm lens costs around £380 and sports a faster f/1.8 maximum aperture, but no image stabilisationThird party offerings at the same focal length include Sigma's 28mm f/1.8 EX DG. Although this lens lack silent focusing and image stabilisation, it does have a faster maximum aperture and can be picked up for around £360Those with a taste for the exotc, and deep pockets to match, may also consider the Zeiss ZE Distagon 28mm f/2 T* lens. This lens has a fast f/2 maximum aperture, but lacks autofocus, image stabilisation and any electronic coupling with the camera. Even though it is quite . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review at Ephotozine: At apertures faster than f/2.8, this lens could be considered unusable, that is unless you're after a hazy, soft focus effect

Gary Wolstenholme reviews this lens on a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III body:

If ever there was a case for updating an old lens design, then this is a pretty strong one. At apertures faster than f/2.8, this lens could be considered unusable, that is unless you're after a hazy, soft focus effect. With the lens stopped down, it can yield pleasing results, but then if this lens can only be used stopped down, it may be worth saving your £380 to put towards a high quality zoom in the same range, or any other alternative, for that matter. . . . read more

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Review by Mark Goldstein

"Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, geometric distortion is impressively low for an ultrawide lens (unless you are focusing very close), and the Super Spectra coatings successfully prevent contrast loss attributable to flare, The only real optical issues are obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture, something that every full-frame shooter has to put up with, especially when using wide angles, and a lack of edge sharpness from f/2.8-5.6."

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens review by Craig B at Canon Rumors: I came into this review worried I wouldn’t be able to make enough good images with it since I had the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II with me. Thankfully I was wrong!

The lens is tested with EOS 5D Mark II and 1D mark IV dslr bodies:

"I came into this review worried I wouldn’t be able to make enough good images with it since I had the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II with me. Thankfully I was wrong! For the purpose of outdoor everyday photography, including  a safari, this is a fabulous lens. With the current landscape of lens pricing, I don’t think it’s overpriced. It’ll start dropping in price over the next few months. It’ll also be a lens that’ll show up in rebate programs.
This probably isn’t a lens for weddings, portraits, lowlight or indoor sports (unless it’s well lit or strobed) unless you have no other option. It will be a great lens for outdoor work, safaris, outdoor sports, zoos, kids and general travel shooting. . . . read more

Canon unveils the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses

'STM' is the keyword here, and it stands for 'Step Technology Motor'. These are the first such lenses in Canon's line-up, and are optimized for video shooting. Their performance, speed wise is a step (no pun intended) below those equipped with USM. 

Canon Press Release. . . . read more

Canon EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens delayed, again.

This is the third delay-so far, for the 1D x. Canon USA confirms:

"Updated sales start dates for the EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens

London, UK, 12 April 2012 – Canon would like to advise of updated sales start dates for the previously announced EOS-1D X and EF . . . read more

Beautiful Snima Iris concept camera

The moment i saw this portfolio depicting renderings of an amazing camera design i copied and pasted the link to Pentax. Maybe it is not too late to save the K mirrorless line who's initial model, the K-01 is a disaster on so many levels its not even funny. Shame on you Marc Newson, and shame on you Pentax execs that gave the go ahead for this hideous thing. Anyway, THIS here beauty is designed by Vladimir Markov, and here's what he writes about it (and himself): . . . read more

Pro tip: How to turn your cheap Canon kit lens into an expensive L lens.

Ahem, well, for an even more exclusive look you could paint it white. The before and after pic says it all. Instructions (or, destructions) found in the wild (imgur.com)

 

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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM review at SLR Gear

"We tested this lens shortly after we shot the Canon 28mm f/2.8, and found a lot of similarity between the two. As you'd expect, the f/1.8 isn't as sharp wide open as the f/2.8 lens is, f/1.8 being so much larger an aperture than f/2.8 is. At f/1.8, this lens shows a lot of softness in the corners, even on a sub-frame

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Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8 USM L review at Photozone

"Testing a Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8 USM L was like meeting an old friend for me. I owned this lens for several years and we went through a couple of interesting photo adventures during that time (see my portfolio section). Eventually I replaced the lens with an EF 17-40mm f/4 USM L which also marked the end

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 USM L review at Photozone

"The optical design is made of 14 elements in 10 groups with three aspherical elements (ground & polished, replica and glass-molded) plus two UD element. The lens features 7 circular aperture blades. At 84x103mm and 600g it almost feels compact regarding the large max. aperture. A floating system is meant

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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM review at Photozone

"On Canon APS-C DSLRs such as the EOS 350D (used for testing) its zoom range resembles ~16-35mm on full frame cameras. One the things you notice upon first contact is its (pseudo-)IF design - the lens does NOT extend during zooming. There is a moving inner tube according to the zoom position (similar to

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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM L review at Photozone

"Due to the lack of an IS correction group the optical design can follow a minimalistic approach with just 7 elements in 6 groups including one S-UD and one UD element. Well, Einstein once said "Keep things as simple as possible but not simpler" which is probably also a good idea in lens land - e.g. Leica lenses are

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